Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development (GPPD)

Schedule of upcoming 2019 events below 

The annual Graduate and Postdoctoral Professional Development (GPPD) seminar series covers a range of topics that are of interest to trainees including abstract writing, job search skills, poster presentation skills, and career opportunities.

GPPD topics are organized by core competencies that are nationally recognized in graduate education. We continue to consult with faculty and students to develop additional GPPD seminars to align with programmatic and student needs.


To assist students and postdoctoral scholars in tracking and sharing their skills acquisition, the Graduate School has instituted micro-credentialing, wherein GPPD seminar attendees earn credentials or digital "badges" for the knowledge and skills they acquire from the GPPD series and related activities. Micro-credentials are shareable on personal LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and/or Mozilla Backpack pages to show off skills that are highly desired by employers but may not be apparent from a transcript or diploma. Learn more about micro-credentials.



post presentationPoster Design and Presentation RSVP

4 to 5:30 p.m., WednesdayJanuary 16, 2019, UGL Community Room, 3rd Floor

In this session, attendees will learn best practices in designing posters for presentation at conferences as well as presenting poster information to conference attendees. Recommended prep for those intending to present at the Graduate and Postdoctoral Research Symposium on March 5, 2019

poster designSession Leader: Mary Simmons, Biomedical Marketing, Medical Communications, WSU School of Medicine

After attending this GPPD, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify best practices in poster design including use of graphics, font, organization, and scope.
  • Describe the scope of one's poster presentation to create an effective poster.
  • Provide and welcome feedback to improve poster design skills.
  • Describe in 5-10 minutes the highlights of one's poster research.
  • Provide and welcome feedback to improve oral presentation skills.

job talkAcademic job talkrsvp

4 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, January 30, 2019

UGL Community Room, 3rd Floor

Panelists will share best practices in preparing and delivering an academic "job talk," a centerpiece of any interview for an academic job. Panelists will engage in discussion with attendees about behaviors that convey professionalism and expertise.

Faculty panelists: Lisa Rapport, Ph.D., CLAS, Psychology (facilitator); Janet Hankin, Ph.D., CLAS, Sociology; Allen Goodman, Ph.D., CLAS, Economics

After attending this GPPD, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify best practices in crafting and delivering job talks for post-doc and academic positions.
  • Avoid practices that distract an audience during longer presentations.
  • Provide and welcome feedback to improve presentation skills.
  • Create and deliver a competitive job talk to colleagues and potential employers.

visual communication in scienceVisual communication in sciencersvp

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Undergraduate Library (UGL) Community Room, 3rd floor

Communicating well about ideas, processes, and results is as critical to the work of science as data collection, analysis, etc. The effective use of visual information is indispensable in scientific communication. Using examples of scientific diagrams, tables, and illustrations, this presentation will discuss the "hierarchy of information" and the kinds of visual signaling that make it work. This seminar will include both lecture and workshop time. Participants are asked to bring 3 printed examples and data from their own research that they want to make into a diagram. This is a brown bag lunch event with water provided.

Session Leader: Judith A. Moldenhauer, M.F.A., CFPCA, Art & Art History, Graphic Design

After attending this GPPD, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize the visual qualities that make good, effective scientific diagrams.
  • Know the importance of the hierarchy of information to data in the creation of effective diagrams.
  • Articulate the one main thing they want to communicate with data through in a diagram.
  • Create a diagram that communicates one main point by effectively presenting data using the visual hierarchy of information.

teaching portfolioCreating a teaching portfoliorsvp

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2019

UGL Community Room, 3rd Floor

Teaching portfolios can serve as a particularly useful communication tool during the academic job search. Portfolios offer a way to communicate to potential colleagues your preparation and commitment to student learning and teaching. In this workshop, we will explore the purpose of and most common elements of a teaching portfolio, the steps to preparing your own, and identify campus resources to help you complete your own portfolio it in a timely and efficient manner. 

Session leader: Tonya Whitehead, Ph.D. 

After attending this GPPD, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the purpose of a teaching portfolio.
  • Identify the key ingredients to incorporate into a teaching portfolio.
  • Identify the essential elements of an effective statement of teaching philosophy. 
  • Create a teaching portfolio following an organized strategy.

cultural sensitivityCultural sensitivity rsvp button

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, March 7, 2019

Student Center, Hilberry D, 2nd Floor

Session leader: Barbara Jones, M.A., community dispute resolution specialist and faculty instructor for the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies Program 

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